Monster Hunter World patch details: weapon balance changes and character appearance editing

By Alex Donaldson, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 19:08 GMT

Changes are incoming for almost every weapon type in Monster Hunter World – so how does your weapon of choice fare?

Capcom has detailed the latest patch for Monster Hunter World, and alongside new event quests and the addition of new monster Deviljho the latest update also brings with it a bunch of balance changes and a much-requested new feature.

The new feature finally allows you to change your character appearance after character generation, meaning if you’re unhappy with how your hunter looks you can make some changes even if you’re in the late-game – no need to restart. You can only do it once before paying, however – more on that in a moment…

If you want to know more about the other areas of the upcoming updates, check out our page on the Deviljho Monster DLC and upcoming event quests including a Mega Man collaboration quest. Now, the balance changes…

Weapon Balance Update Changes

First, though, the balance changes. Monster Hunter World’s March 22 update brings key changes to a number of Monster Hunter World’s weapon types – only the Light Bowgun and Heavy Bowgun escape untouched.

Here’s the full list of weapon balance changes:

  • Great Sword: increased the damage for Charged Slash abilities
  • Long Sword: improvements to Foresight Slash input timing and hitbox detection
  • Sword & Shield: Roundslash damage increased and improved slinger usability
  • Dual Blades: adjustments to help maintain Demon Gauge active
  • Hammer: adjusted the stun values on charged attacks
  • Hunting Horn: general attack power increase
  • Lance: Counter-thrust adjustment to increase ease of use
  • Gunlance: Reduced sharpness loss for shelling, and made some attack power increases
  • Switch Axe: Zero Sum Discharge adjustments to increase ease of use
  • Charge Blade: balance adjustments to Impact Phial and Power Element Phial
  • Insect Glaive: improvements to extract attack power increase and extract effect length
  • Bow: fixed various bugs

Supposedly Capcom plan to release a more detailed version of these notes when the update arrives on March 22, so stay tuned to VG247 – we’ll bring you the full notes when they land.

Character Editing

As well as the weapon changes, the March 22 update will add the ability to edit your in-game character after character generation is complete, something that wasn’t possible before. For this you’ll need a new item, the Character Edit Voucher.

Here’s how this works: the character edit voucher is a paid item, but you’ll actually be given one for free on March 16. It’ll just appear in the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Store, so all you’ll need to do is grab it as a freebie. This is a one-time use voucher, and after this vouchers will later be sold – though the price is to be determined.

The voucher allows you to change your Hunter gender and appearance in full, but you cannot edit anything about your Palico or your hunter’s name.

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